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Health & Wellbeing Newsletter April 2019

Hello friends,

In this issue:
  • What is the truth about Calcium?
  • Product highlights from the Website - 
  • Coming Up, FREE gift and Live event!

"If you want Success, you must sow seeds of Success...
They are positive statements, followed by positive planning, 
and most importantly... Positive Action..."
Danny McBride

The people who know are telling us it's now Autumn, and if today is anything to go by - wet and a bit cool - then I think they have it right this time.
So, Summer has left us and this has resulted in some decision's for all of us I'm sure. For us, we have decided to take the plunge and will be Wintering over in Australia - we are leaving just yet so no need to panic, and we will still be on hand, offering our services by distance and of course the website will continue to operate.

We are wanting to clear out a little stock before we leave, so do check our list of specials at the bottom of this newsletter for a few hot deals.

The idea of a cold winter doesn't really excite either Andy or I, so wintering over in the warmer climate of the Sunshine Coast is our choice.
What are you choosing for YOU!?

Let's read on...... 

What is the Truth about Calcium?

We are all aware of the importance of calcium - For me we still had school milk when I was a youngster and we have a constant stream of adverts and comments from many avenues about our amazing dairy industry and we even have an AllBlack hero backing these products. But the question is - are dairy products the best source of calcium for us humans?

Are we being told the whole story? Are there other forms of calcium from healthy sources?

ThScreen Shot 2019-04-07 at 11e cute photos of us as kids with a white "milk moustache" are cute, but have we been mislead?
Bit of a touchy subject here as we know the dairy industry is absolutely a back bone for our small country, that is not the issue, what I am getting at is simple nutrition. We need calcium for our body, where should we get it from?

Let's face it, most of us love cheeses, ice-creams, cream and milk, as a result of the marketing over many years, many consumers today strongly associate calcium with milk and dairy products.  In more recent times we have seen a growth in dairy alternatives such as rice milk, soya milk and so on so let's delve into the question a little and see what the science has to say.

What is the Role of Calcium for Your Health?

Calcium is known as the fifth most abundant element in the earth’s crust. Yes, its all around us in the form of rocks and minerals. And it cleverly makes its way into plants and then into the animals who eat plants.

And yes, Calcium is an essential mineral for human health. It’s primarily stored in your bones and teeth. Overall body composition tells us we are 5% minerals, and more calcium exists in your body than any other mineral, it sits at 1.5%. The reason it is the most abundant mineral is because you need calcium to perform some essential functions.

Calcium is involved in many roles and works in a wide variety of ways:

  • It has a vital role in maintaining healthy blood pressure;
  • It works as a messenger between your brain and the rest of your body;
  • It helps with muscle and nerve interactions;
  • It helps transport enzymes and hormones throughout your body via your blood;
  • It will keep your blood vessels, muscles and nerves fully functional.

From the above list, probably the most important role is how calcium enables the most active muscle in your body to receive signals to contract and relax, its of course the heart and without calcium, your heart simply wouldn’t work!

Before we get into some of the myths about calcium and some great alternate sources of calcium for your whole body, I would first like to go over some of the things that can make it difficult use the calcium you are ingesting.

Screen Shot 2019-04-07 at 11Calcium is often mentioned in relationship to taking certain drugs and you are probably aware that there are things that can interfere with how well you absorb calcium;

  • Too much sodium. Over-indulging in salt can increase calcium loss. The worst offenders here are of course processed and prepacked foods, don’t add salt when cooking if you don’t need it. It is suggested in various circles to keep sodium intake to under 1,000 to 2,000 mg per day.
  • Cigarette Smoking. Habits like smoking can promote calcium loss, reduce bone density, and increase the likelihood of fractures. Other lifestyle factors that will also impact calcium include, inadequate physical activity, a generally poor diet, or alcohol use.
  • Too much animal-derived protein. Eating a lot of animal protein can remove calcium from the bones and increase its excretion. This is part of our body's mechanism of keeping our acid/alkaline balance in check and doesn’t seem to happen when you eat plant proteins, such as beans, lentils, or grains.
  • Eating mainly animal-derived calcium. This is what the Dairy Industry doesn't really want you to hear -A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that calcium from leafy greens was absorbed at significantly higher rates than dairy. The figures show calcium from brussels sprouts was absorbed at 64%, while calcium in cow’s milk was absorbed at only half that rate, just 32%. Another example of vegetable absorption was the calcium in kale absorbed at 50%.
  • Not eating enough of other key nutrients. Our body is a complex web of interacting nutrients and to absorb and use calcium properly, you will need the correct balance of nutrients including vitamins D, C, K, E, magnesium, and boron.
  • Getting your calcium only from oxalate-containing sources. The oxalates that occur naturally in foods can inhibit calcium absorption, oxalate-rich foods are things like, spinach, rhubarb and swiss chard. By all means do include them as they have loads of other goodies in them, but don't rely on them for their calcium content alone. Be sure to eat other calcium rich foods, such as those listed in this article to ensure you get what you need.

Eating a general variety of seasonal plant-based calcium rich foods is probably the smartest way to avoid a calcium deficiency.

In my opinion(and this is backed by the science out there) the most common myths about calcium to be well aware of are:

Myth #1 - Dairy Products Are the Best Sources of Calcium for our body.

Myth #2 - Making sure you get Enough Calcium Is THE Most Important Thing You Can Do for Bone Health

Myth #3 — Everyone Should Take a Calcium-Containing Supplement.

OK, so if dairy products aren’t the best source of calcium, and if taking the big horse tablets of calcium is not the best way to do things then Where should you get your calcium?

If you look around your world the common theme is obvious - its where most of our planetary neighbours get it from the Plant Kingdom.
Here is a list of some key plant sources of easily assimilated calcium

1 — Seeds - Poppy, sesame, celery and chia are all little powerhouses.

2 — Beans - select from across the range and include fresh green beans and dried beans, great fibre also

3 — Lentils - Of course as well as bring calcium you will be adding fibre and protein

4 — Almonds - an old favourite for many of us, high in both calcium and magnesium

5 — Low amounts of - Oxalate Leafy Greens, spinach is an example, kale is a better choice in this regard

7 — Oranges - We think of Oranges in relation to their vitamin C content, but they’re also high in calcium. 

8 — Mustard Greens and Rapini (Broccoli Raab) - not used alot here traditionally but as amazing flavour and properties.

9 — Dried Figs - dried figs contain more than any other dried fruit. If eating dried figs plain isn't your favourite don't forget they can be helpful additions in baking, can add something special to muffins, breads, and scones. You could even blend into smoothies.

So don't forget that it’s important to get enough calcium — for the health of your heart, bones, teeth, and for many basic functions through your amazing your body, BUT, make it easy and have a bigger variety of calcium sources in your body - and where possible make them plant based, as has been said before, as well as the calcium in plants there are a whole range of beneficial nutrients that you will be delivering to your body.

And when it comes to supplements I use there is really only the calcium combined with magnesium in products using marine coral, and the active elements combinations that always has both the elemental AND homeopathic version of the minerals delivered at the same time and they are always in combination with quite specific forms of the calcium. Please don't use a straight calcium supplement - the risks outweigh the benefits big time :)

And an update on the Happi Laundry liquid - it is so close, we have a webinar happening on April 8th to give a brief explanation, see below for details and a link to register.

By attending the webinar a tree will be planted on your behalf, the aim is to plant a BILLION trees and regenerate what is being called the Happi Forest in Myanma  - imagine buying one sachet(that ultimately will be able to be re-used) that will give you a whole year of washing instead of buying 12 or 13 1 litre plastic bottles that are going to the rubbish tip!

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The Happi Laundry Liquid will be the ONLY bottle of laundry liquid you will need for the whole year!- Over 400 washes in ONE bottle, clean, pure and safe for you AND the environment AND it will be costing you less than 20 cents per wash, do your sums and see how much you could save$$.
HAPPI webinar

Here is the link to register for the short webinar to find out some simple facts about the laundry industry and Happi:

The variety of FREE online events these days is mind boggling, and in this information age we really have the opportunity to improve our understanding on a whole range of topics. The topic this month is on a condition we aren't seeing too much of here - yet! But it has become a huge problem in most of the world and the symptoms are completely debilitating. I met a guy last year who is active in the UK trying to get people to wake up and is lobbying for better protocols from within the health system to help people with this illness.

  Best of Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

Did you know? Most individuals who contract Lyme don't get it from a tick sting.

Yes, thats right! And, there's more...

Spiders, fleas, mosquitoes, deer flies, black flies, horse flies and other insects can transmit it. Deer, birds, cows, horses, other mammals and rodents can also be carriers.


GLOBAL CHATTER - Whats news?

Approximately 24.7% of Adults surveyed in the 08/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey had inadequate zinc intake1.

  • Athletes with high sweat outputs or who engage in prolonged activity have an increased requirement for zinc, as do those individuals who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. Both of these groups should consider supplementation to ensure adequate zinc intake.
  • Other groups susceptible to being deficient in zinc include the elderly, the immuno-compromised, those on parenteral nutrition, and burn victims.
  • Zinc supplementation can increase general wellness, as well as having a beneficial impact on the skin health, connective tissue, reproductive health, and eye health.
  • Having an adequate level of zinc is necessary to assure the immune system functions optimally.  Zinc is an important part of the body’s process that activates white blood cells – called T-lymphocytes (T-cells) – that control the body’s response to inflammation.
  • In addition, zinc is an essential cofactor in regulating the nervous system because its presence is essential in the production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that supports restful sleep, helps put the brakes on stress, and promotes a focused state of mind.
  • The prostate gland in men contains the highest amount of zinc of any soft tissue.  Adequate zinc levels support prostate health and the body's normal production of testosterone.  It should be noted that the hormone testosterone is essential for promoting lean muscle mass.

Uses For Zinc Nutrient Metabolism:
Zinc is a constituent of over two dozen enzymes involved in digestion and metabolism, including healthy storage and metabolism of carbohydrates. It is also related to the normal absorption and actions of the B vitamins. 
Immune Support: Zinc plays an important role in supporting the body’s defence system, promoting healthy neutrophil, natural killer cell, and T-lymphocyte function. 
Tissue Development and Repair: Zinc plays a fundamental role in collagen formation and healthy tissue development, including enzymes vital to tissue respiration. It is also essential for normal foetal and reproductive development, and contributes to healthy prostatic function.

Where will we be for the next Month?? BOOK A SESSION?CONSULTATION NOW!

The house sitting continues for now, we are currently in Auckland, but middle of the month we hope to be back in the BOP for a week or so at least, reply to this email if you would like to arrange an appointment.

Our website is still very much open for business, so please do continue to support us when you can, and we will be trying to notify you all of our where about's regularly. We may be able to arrange "house-calls" in some situations.

The best and most efficient way to make contact will be through this email address, but we still do have both the clinic phone line(07-571 1141) and mobile in action.

Please check us out on Facebook and "like" our page - We share many tips, tools and cool stuff, and keep you updated during the month with some interesting articles and additional snippets of topical information, there is even the odd laugh and some pretty pictures too
Have a look and join in on any conversations that may be rolling:)

What about YouTube?

Here is a short report that appeared in the UK with my colleague Demetrious Loukas.
As mentioned, this is a bigger problem than most realise.



We are going to be moving soon, so we have decided to trim down on a little of our stock.
There is generally only 1 or 2 of these so it really is first in best dressed, email us immediately if you want anything mentioned and we will create an invoice for you and get the product away ASAP.

The following Miessence products will be supplied at 20% OFF, but will only be for the small amount of stock we have on hand - so if you want it, email us directly to secure your order.

**Darling Salt Glow - 
An eco-conscious body scrub made from environment-saving salt sourced from the troubled Murray-Darling Basin. 
Blended with nourishing organic coconut oil and delicious organic citrus and spice essential oils to exfoliate and revitalise your skin, leaving it feeling silky-soft and smooth.

**Complete Protein Powder - Chocolate 500gm - This balanced, vegan protein is bio-fermented for easy assimilation and is rated as one of the best Protein powders available.

**BioPure Probiotic household Cleaner pack - Household Cleaning Pack- BioPure Concentrate & MiEnv 250ml Bottle, a highly under rated product that leaves beneficial bacteria on all food prep surfaces, through your kitchen, dining room and even the toilet. $30.30 - $24

**Intensive Body Cream - As the name suggests, incredible rich nourishing cream for the whole body. $65.00 - $50

**Desert Flower Shampoo - High End Salon quality Regular daily use shampoo, for normal to dry hair. $38.75 - $30

**Purifying Blemish Gel - Purifying Blemish gel, this is my go to "everything in one bottle" formula that is great for pimples, bites, stings and abrasions, great to have on hand for so many reasons.
$41.60 - $33 

**Purifying Mineral Mask - Specifically formulated for problem skin with natural green clay, organic echinacea and witch hazel to tone and purify the skin.
$44.20 - $35

**AND Finally I have just a few HEEL DETOX KITS on hand and am offering them with a 15% discount, once again, please email directly if this is something you want to take advantage of.  $132.50  - $110

Thanks for your support!

To find out more about any of the products, or to make an online appointment, please send an email to, we would love to speak to you!

Yours in good health

Love from Gary and Andy

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Andy Pentecost, Transformational Life Coach/Author/Animal Communicator
Gary Beck, Naturopath/Healer

Maximum Wellbeing Clinic
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